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Old 07-10-2012, 01:11 AM   #1
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synthetic oil chenges 2.7L

Now hearing that the new 2012 tacos 2.7L come with fully synthetic oil, with this change does this mean that the 07's can change the oil at every 5k with fully syntheti? I'm currently running castrol high mileage and changing every 3k miles at 109k onthe motor. What are the pros and cons about this?
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Damn, 3k is kinda excessive for a modern non-turbo charged engine even with dino.
Swapping over to a synthetic and doing 5k is no problem at all.
I'm doing this now on my 04 with 139k on it
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:51 AM   #3
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What about the life of the motor and gas milage?
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:04 AM   #4
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The engine hasn't changed since 2005. The only reason for the 2012's requiring synthetic oil is because they switched to recommending the use of 0W-20 viscosity oil. The switch to lighter weight oil is for gas mileage purposes ONLY, and helps Toyota meet their fleetwide fuel efficiency goals/requirements. Because regular 0W-20 oil breaks down more easily in heat, Toyota wants customers to use synthetic because it's more robust.

My 2006 (again, same engine) owner's manual recommends 5W-30 dino with 5,000 mile change interval. I would say that it's logical to assume that you'd be completely fine switching to synthetic and doing a 5,000 mile interval. In my opinion, you should stick with 5W-30 though.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:48 AM   #6
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Toyota Reccomends 5w-20 or 0w-20 for the 2.7L 2TR-FE

the 1GR uses 5w-30.
Well they must have made some changes to the owner's manuals since 2006 because mine doesn't differentiate between the two engines with regard to oil viscosity. 5W-30 is recommended across the board . . . I'm looking at Pg. 361 and Pg. 396 of my owner's manual right now.
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yeah, it says 5w30 on my oil cap on my 05. i wanna say it was 07 when it switched to 5w20? maybe 08?
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Mine just says 5W-30. The lighter viscosity oils are for fuel efficiency, as discussed in this paper by Toyota:

http://www.toyota.com/about/environm...gy_Climate.pdf

I prefer the 5W-30, especially down here where temps are fairly high during the summer. The heavier viscosity is probably better for higher mileage engines too.
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Mine just says 5W-30.
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:22 AM   #12
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Yeah, mine says 0-20 & 5-20. Have run both with no difference in mpg. Always run 5k using full syn with toyota filters. No issues.
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:40 AM   #14
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Yeah, that and they want 9.00 a qt for any 0-20 you can find and there are not any 5 qt with a filter sales on 0-20. So 45.00 just for 0-20 syn or 27.00 for 5-20 Penzoil platinum with a filter. I just get a filter for one of the other vehicles & use the toyota filter with the 27.00 sale oil.
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Because regular 0W-20 oil breaks down more easily in heat, Toyota wants customers to use synthetic because it's more robust.
There is no "regular" 0w20.
All 0wXX oils are available only in full synthetic.
5w20 is available in conventional.
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we need to find someone with an 07 to chime in on this rofl
2008....

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My 2011 2TR specs 0w-20 only, on the oil cap and in the Manual.
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My 2011 2TR specs 0w-20 on the oil cap and in the Manual.
Same motor new print
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2008....

My 07 has the same cap.
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